This is one of Linda Summers' creations that represents one of her favorite ways to create - by designing with several different metals and textures. The cuff itself is brass with a mixture of silver and copper, designed in a collage composition. It is 2" wide, 2-1/4" across inside, with a 1" gap. The bracelet can be shaped to your wrist without bending too much.
The center piece of this necklace is an Ethiopian Coptic Cross, with old jade beads, silver decorative beads, red glass, and vintage trade beads. This necklace was created by Linda Summers, artist and jeweler from these interesting elements. For over 1600 years Christian Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of faith. The crosses are usually named from the region that they originate. The crosses feature various designs from the simplistic Greek or Latin crucifix to the more elaborate with flared arms, trefoils, decorative projections, complicated openwork designing, and patterns of interwoven lines symbolizing eternity. The beaded necklace is 29” long, with an added 2-1/2” of the cross. It is circa 1960's. It closes with a silver hook and eye.
This heavily adorned pendent is old and from Tibet. It was handcrafted by a Tibetan artisan of silver and shell. Even the back side is very ornately repoussed. It is accented by a custom-designed necklace of silk ribbons and silver bugles. It is a unique and extraordinary piece. The pendant is 2-1/2" diameter and about 3" with the bail. The necklace is 28" long and goes over your head.
This antique Peruvian Sterling silver link bracelet is a treasure of the artistry of an old Peruvian silversmith. Each link is covered with incised pattern and texture and depicts various figures of Inca legends, including an Inca warrior, Viracocha, and an Eagle. There is a pre-Incan legend that speaks of Viracocha who is depicted in many forms. Viracocha, as the feathered serpent god, is one of the great mysteries of ancient American cultures. He was called Kukulkan by the Mayas, Quetzalcoatl by the Aztecs, Viracocha by the Incas, Gucumatz in Central America, Votan in Palenque and Zamna in Izamal. It is probably circa 1930's-'40's. The design and the way the links are curved and connected to each other is quite remarkable. The hallmarks are, "925, Peru, AS”. It weighs a massive 71.1 grams. Each of the 5 links is approximately 1-7/8” long x 1-3/8” wide, making the total wearable length approximately 7”. The tongue and box closure fasten with a positive “snap. This unusual and spectacular bracelet is in excellent condition and does not appear to have any damage. This is an amazing piece of Peruvian silver artistry and a true collector’s item.
This necklace is one-of-a-kind from Linda Summers, Jeweler. She hand-picked several exotic antique beads – all of different types and character to form a unique burst of yellow-greens, pale green, turquoise, and golden bronze pearls. In addition, it has brass spacers, pearls, and flat brass beads. It ends with a brass, gold-plated toggle fastener. It measures approximately 26” long and the center Chinese bead is 1-1/4” diameter. The necklace is a real statement piece and will go with many types of styles and dress. The antique and collectable beads in this necklace are all from high-end vintage bead galleries.
This old piece is lavishly carved with a stylized dragon on both sides of the pendant. It is set off with a gorgeous brilliant turquoise cabochon, bezel set and heavily carved on the silver back. The piece is quite old, probably from the 1950's or '60's and shows that it has been worn because of the smoothness of the edges on the back of the pendant. It is quite a unique piece and I added a fancy chain because it just seemed to fit the character of the piece.The chain is 24" long and is marked, "sterling" and I believe it is from Italy, The pendant measures a little over 2" diameter with another 1-1/4" for the bail. It is a lovely piece.
This elegant yet simple bracelet features a braided rope design and is a prime example of the fine Mexican craftsmanship that experienced notoriety during the 1930's-'40's because of the William Spratling influence and patronage. Spratling fostered an industry in Taxco, but the concept spread throughout several cities in Mexico. Fine silver jewelry craftsmanship was raised to a supreme level that is emulated still. This magnificent bracelet can be adjusted to fit just about any wrist, and is thick, wide, and weighs a substantial 35.5 grams. It is impeccably constructed with channels and crevices set off by black niello. This technique makes the patterns in the braid more prominent and accentuates the textural quality of the design. It is marked "925", and probably pre-1948 because of no Eagle mark nor letter-numbering system shown. This design is very similar to a Hector Aguilar bracelet. The bracelet measures approximately 7" long end-to-end and is 1" wide, with a 1/4" opening which can vary depending on your wrist size. It is in excellent vintage condition. This is a stunning and hefty piece that is bound to get noticed!
Tibetan Pendant Carved Dragon with Turquoise Old and beautiful, this unique pendant has two parts. One is the lovely dark brown carved dragon encircled by silver bezel. The second is a large chunk of turquoise hinged to the carved portion. It has a lot of matrix, but is a gorgeous turquoise color. The back of both parts is also carved with a dragon on the bottom and florals on the turquoise back. The bottom carved dragon part is approximately 2” diameter and the turquoise is about 11-1/2” wide X 1” tall. Chain sold separately.
The cross is seen in many varieties and versions in the Americas, but the Yalalag Cross is one of the most ornate and legendary. The Yalalag Cross comes from San Juan Yalalag, Sierra de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico and its basic design predates the Conquest. It consists of a central cross with three lesser crosses hanging from the main cross. The decorative elements in the design can be geometric, which is usually Indian – or with wings, hearts, and flowers, which is more Christian symbology. A cross with two arms in the upper half is called a Patriarchal Cross. This Yalalag silver cross has an amethyst cabochon bezel-set in the center and surrounded by curled wire and highly decorative flowerettes. This motif continues throughout the large cross and to the lesser crosses and even the ornate bail. The hallmark reads, “Mexico, Taxco, 925, SDO” and Eagle 3.This artist is mentioned in Bille Hougart's book, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. This is a fabulous piece of jewelry and art history. It was hand wrought entirely by hand by this artist, SDO, and is circa 1940's-1950’s. It measures 4” tall x 2” wide at the widest point, and weighs 19.8 grams with the chain and 11.3 without it. This is a rare and beautiful cross with a great charm because of its origins. .
This old Navajo ring has the most extraordinary turquoise stone. It really looks like a turquoise jasper stone, but I'm not sure exactly what it is only that it is truly different and in very good condition. It measures a little over a size 6-1/2, closer to a 6-3/4. It is marked, "Sterling", but has no maker's mark. I'm placing it at about circa 1950-60.
Here is a heavily adorned bracelet with six ornate links, each with a carved green stone face of a warrior. I believe the stones are Mexican jade. This lovely piece has beautifully-crafted, very florid and graceful scrolling pattern behind each bezel-set cabochon. It is simply marked, “sterling, Mexico”, which is typical of the earliest silver work done in Mexico during this period. It is, however, almost identical to one I have seen by Patino, an artisan who produced very fine work during this period. I would date it circa early 1940’s. This piece is a very early example of the incredible design and craftsmanship produced during the halcyon years of the Mexican silver renaissance when all silverwork was created without electronic tools. The piece weighs 41.3 grams, is 7” wearable length, and is 1-1/4” wide. The clasp is a simple tongue and box which fastens securely. This bracelet is the result of the renaissance that emanated from Taxco and flourished from the 1920's-1960's in several cities throughout Mexico. Beginning in the 1920's, the silver artisans of Mexico rose to a new definition of perfection in design and craftsmanship as the result of the strong influence and patronage of William Spratling, a talented architect and designer who engendered a city of tallers and jewelers in Taxco during that time. Mexico City also had a rich history of early tallers. The bracelet shows some wear around the settings and some are not perfectly true. It has the usual scratches and patina of a piece that is some 80 years old. It is quite beautiful and a stunning addition for anyone who appreciates historical Mexican silver artistry. It is in good vintage condition with only two minor dings on the silver balls that are barely noticeable.
This distinctly elegant brooch was made by one of the Mexican silver masters, Serafin Moctezuma. He was known as a very skilled artist as seen in the impeccable execution of this brooch. This exquisite piece is a lyrical shape of leaves and a bezel-set amethyst stone. It very 3-dimensional because the leaves and stems undulate and swirl on several planes. The leaves are incised at the bottom of the brooch and pierced or cut out on the top leaf, lending interest and contrast to the design. The absence of the Eagle Assay mark dates this piece is circa 1930's-1940's. It measures 2-3/4" on the longest dimension and is 1-1/2" at the widest point. It weighs 13.7 grams. It is marked, "Hecho en Mexico, 925" in a circle with "SM" in the center and "Taxco" outside the circle. This is the mark of Serafin Moctezuma, a contemporary of William Spratling. The silversmiths of this era in Taxco were known for their unequalled design and craftsmanship. Their worked became sought-after all over the world and brought fame to the tiny village of Taxco. Most of these masters are no longer living, so their work is even more collectible. The roll clasp is secure and works well. It is very striking and is obviously quite old, but is in excellent vintage condition with no visible damage at all. This is a highly collectible piece.